The second round of the GP de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem was the last one for both defending champion Anabel Medina Garrigues and top seed Carla Suarez Navarro this year.
The third-seeded Medina Garrigues was eliminated by fellow Spaniard Laura Pous Tio 6-3 6-2. The 192nd-ranked qualifier broke the world No.48 Medina Garrigues seven times en route to victory and will next play No. 7 seed Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic.
The top-seeded Suarez Navarro withdrew from her second-round match while leading 6-5 in the first set against Anne Keothavong. The reason for the Spaniard’s withdrawal was an ankle injury. Keothavong’s opponent in the quarterfinals will be Alize Cornet, who advanced with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Arantxa Parra Santonja.
The tournament, played on red clay, is the only WTA Tour event in Africa. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)